Tucker Smith

Tucker Smith aka Ice

Tucker Smith brought to West Side Story his experience of playing the Jets, Diesel and Big Deal on the New York Stage.

He also was the understudy for Riff in New York.

Tucker also portrayed Riff in the Japan production of WSS, staged by Tony Mordente.

As an American Theatre Wing scholarship winner, he appeared in more than 30 summer stock shows and numerous nights clubs.


 

Tony Mordente

Tony Mordente aka Action

Tony Mordente appeared in both the Broadway and London casts of "West Side Story" in the role of A-rab. He had previously been in the Broadway production of "Li'l Abner," and before filming WSS he was featured in "Bye Bye Birdie" in addition to understudying the role of Conrad Birdie. Non-musical roles include appearances in "Love with the Proper Stranger" starring Natalie Wood, and "The Longest Day" which also featured Richard Beymer.

He has staged and choreographed WSS in both Japan and Los Angeles.

His extensive television credits include directing the popular series "7th Heaven." He and Chita Rivera are the parents of dancer-choreographer Lisa Mordente.


 

 

Eliot Feld

Eliot Feld aka Baby John

Eliot Feld brought to West Side Story his experience of playing both a Jet, Baby John, and a Shark, Moose, in New York, 1964.  He has choreographed and performed with the American Ballet Theatre and his own company.  

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David Winters

David Winters aka A-Rab

He originated the role of Baby John on Broadway's West Side Story, and went on to star as A-Rab in the movie version and in other films as well. He also recreated Baby John in an LA production, staged by Tony Mordente.

As a choreographer, he was the force behind the sexually-charged movements of Elvis and Ann Margret, the award-winning musical journey of Nancy Sinatra, and the revolutionary shakes of the Hullabaloo Girl in The Cage. This catapulted him into TV directing, which led to film directing, and eventually film production.

Along the way, he worked not just with Elvis, but also Barbra Streisand, Raquel Welch, the Monkees, Alice Cooper, and many more. He also picked up quite a few awards, including a Peabody Award, a Christopher Award, a few Television Festival Awards, film festival awards, and six Emmy nominations, and Audience Award for Best Picture at the Bangkok Film Festival, 2002, for Welcome 2 Ibiza in which he starred, directed, and produced.


 

Bert Michaels

Bert Michaels aka Snowboy

Bert Michaels performed in productions of "The Music Man" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown." He appeared on Broadway in "Baker Street" with Jay Norman.

After appearing in the film versions of "West Side Story" and "Gypsy," he did a turn as Action in a summer stock production of "West Side Story."


 

Robert Banas

Robert Banas aka Joyboy

Most of the behind-the-scene footage of the New York location work of the Prologue that is featured in West Side Story: Memories, found on disc 2 of the Special Edition, was shot by Robert Banas with his 8mm camera. Having worked previously with both Robbins and cameraman, Daniel Fapp, neither minded Banas bringing his camera and allowed him to film.  He was also the force behind the memoirs of various cast members:  Our Story

His other work includes performing on the Dick Van Dyke show, and the movies Billie and Li'l Abner.


 

 

Tommy Abbott

Tommy Abbott aka Gee-Tar
Tom Abbott created the role of Gee Tar in the original production of "West Side Story." He left that show briefly to perform in a Broadway engagement of Jerome Robbins' "Ballets USA."

Tommy also understudied the roles of Action and A-Rab in New York.

He returned to WSS, resuming his original role as well as understudying two other Jet parts. In 1964 he re-staged the original choreography of "West Side Story" for the New York City Center, and later that year joined the cast of "Fiddler on the Roof," again for Jerome Robbins.

His other dancing credits include performances in "Tovarich" and "A Funny Thing..." His later career was spent as director and choreographer, staging faithful revivals of "West Side Story" and "Fiddler" in the United States and throughout Europe.


 

 

 

Anthony "Scooter" Teagues

Anthony "Scooter" Teague aka Big Deal

Also appeared in How To Succeed Without Trying. 

 

 

 

Harvey Evans

Harvey Evans aka Mouthpiece

Harvey Hohnecker (now Harvey Evans) has the distinction of having appeared in four Broadway shows by Stephen Sondheim.

He took over the role of Gee Tar in the Broadway production of "West Side Story," and later appeared in "Gypsy," "Anyone Can Whistle," and "Follies."

His other stage credits include "New Girl in Town," and "Redhead" (both for Bob Fosse), "Hello Dolly!" "Barnum," "Sunset Boulevard," "Scarlet Pimpernel," and "La Cage aux Folles," playing opposite "West Side Story" original cast member Lary Kert.

Harvey was interviewed at Don't Tell Mama's in New York City, March 2004. He told plenty of behind-the-scenes stories about about the many musicals he's played in over the past 45 years, including both stage and film versions of West Side Story, Mary Poppins, in which he was a Chimney Sweep.

Has been the recepient of the famous Broadway Gypsy Robe Award twice, 1994 for Sunset Boulevard  and in 2002 for Oklahoma.


 

David Bean

David Bean aka Tiger

David brought to West Side Story his experience of playing a Jet on stage: He was Big Deal in the original London production and later went on to play Action in that cast.

He also was the understudy for Diesel and Snowboy.


 

Gina Trikonis

Gina Trikonis aka Graziella
Gina Trikonis appeared in "West Side Story" on Broadway in the role of Minnie.

She continued her dance career as a performer in the popular "Shindig" series, and appeared with the Beatles in their London television special.

She turned her love of fashion and costuming into a second career as Wardrobe in many popular TV series 

 

 

Carole D'Andrea

Carole D'Andrea aka Velma
Carol originated the role of Velma on Broadway and has become a much sought-after and highly regarded acting instructor/coach.

 

 

Susan Oakes

Susan Oakes aka Anybodys


 

 

Rita Hyde D'Amico

Rita Hyde D'Amico - Dancer

Portrayed Anybodys in San Bernardino Civic Light production, which also starred Larry Kert as Tony and Scooter Teague as Riff.